Football Picked No. 2 in NJAC Preseason Poll; No. 25 in Poll

Montclair, NJ (8/16/10) – Coming off one of its best season in recent history, the Montclair State football team will head into the 2010 season with some preseason honors. The Red Hawks were tabbed at No. 25 in the Preseason Top 25 poll. In addition, MSU was chosen No. 2 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

Montclair State, the defending NJAC champion earned three first-place votes, but finished second behind Cortland in the vote of the league’s head coaches. Kean University was third followed by Rowan and William Paterson in the Top 5. Last season, Montclair was picked third in the poll by the coaches.

In the poll, Montclair begins the season in the final spot in the Top 25. In 2009, the Red Hawks did not enter the organization’s national poll until the last week of the regular season when they made their debut at No. 24. Montclair State finished at No. 22.

Montclair finished No. 20 in the final American Football Coaches Association poll in 2009 however that one has not been released yet.

Last year MSU went 10-2 overall tying the school record for victories (set in 1981 and duplicated in 1985 and 1986). After a season-opening loss at Wilkes University, the Red Hawks reeled off nine straight wins – all in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. Included in those triumphs was a 14-6 win over Kean University that gave Montclair State its first conference championship since 2003.

The championship earned MSU a spot in the NCAA Division III Playoffs for the first time in seven years. Montclair downed Maine Maritime, 38-22 in the opening round at Sprague Field before falling to perennial national power and eventual NCAA runner-up Mount Union in the second round.

The Red Hawks opened their 2010 campaign on Saturday, September 11 as they host Westfield State at Sprague Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 pm.